Remarks by Minister Vincent Biruta at the 2017 Climate and Clean Air Coalition High Level Assembly

Remarks by Minister Vincent Biruta

Climate and Clean Air Coalition High Level Assembly

Bonn, Germany | November 14, 2017

  • Co-chairs
  • Fellow Ministers and Coalition Members
  • Executive Secretary Molin Valdes
  • Distinguished guests
  • Ladies and gentlemen

It is my pleasure to be with you today and I thank the co-chairs for allowing me to provide a brief intervention at today’s assembly. I wish to recognise the climate benefits that have been registered thanks to the work of the Coalition. By working together, sharing experiences and technology, there is no doubt we can effectively reduce the threat posed by short lived climate pollutants to our natural environment and our societies.

I would like to focus today on the Kigali Amendment and the important role of energy efficiency. I must first thank the countries which have ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and encourage those who have not done so to move quickly and ratify as soon as national legislative processes allow.

I am pleased that we can update the Coalition’s Bonn Communique to reflect that the Maldives and the UK have completed their ratifications, becoming the twelfth and thirteeth countries to do so. The Maldives joins Mali, the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Rwanda, Palau, Norway, Chile, Tuvalu, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Australia and Canada.

We are moving closer to the magic number of 20 ratifications required for the Kigali Amendment to enter into force and after meeting with a number of African Environment Ministers today, I am pleased to report that many countries on the continent are in the final stages of ratification. I am confident that we will reach this milestone by the time we meet next week in Montreal for the 29th meeting of the Parties. But we should not be content with the Kigali Amendment simply coming into force.

Given the challenge at hand, we must go above and beyond the targets set by the Kigali Amendment - both in phase down schedules and reduction amounts.

One simple way to achieve this is by pairing the phase down of HFCs with energy efficiency. We know that doing so could double the impact of the Kigali Amendment and potentially avert up to one full degree Celsius of warming by the end of the century.

The Kigali Decision on Energy Efficiency adopted at last year’s Meeting of the Parties presents a good first step to take advantage of the efficiency opportunity and I hope we can move it forward next week in Montreal.

I commend countries that have already begun to develop their phase down action plans and I encourage all coalition members to be ready with a clear and ambitious plan when the Kigali Amendment comes into force. Finally, I would like to commend the work done by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and thank the countries which have contributed to the coalition’s Trust Fund.

Thank you for your kind attention.